I am not a permanent resident. Can I come to Canada to join my family?

On June 8, 2020, the government announced changes to the rules about who can travel to Canada. Close family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents are now allowed to enter Canada to see their family. The visit must be for at least 15 days.

Close family members include:

  • or
  • dependent child of the dependent child
  • parent or step-parent
  • guardian or tutor

You won’t be allowed to enter Canada if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or if you believe you might have COVID-19.

Everyone admitted to Canada must go into quarantine for 14 days.

The new rule doesn’t allow close family members of people with temporary status in Canada to enter the country. For example, people who are here with a study permit or work permit don’t qualify to have their close family members join them.

The restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-US border was to October 21, 2020.

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